Friday, December 26, 2008

In the News

In the week between October 29 and November 4th amature golfer Curt Hocker scored 5 holes in one during golf games, including 2 in one round.

12 runners in the Boulder Colorado Naked Pumpkin Run may be forced to register as sex offenders. Over 150 people were in the run.

Of people earning more than $250,000 a year - the income level that would pay higher taxes in a Barack Obama presidency..52% voted for Obama, with 45% voting for McCain. -

More than 129,000 children are awaiting adoption in foster homes, most of them are bypassed because they are black, over 6, or handicapped. - Washington Post

As of mid November, not a single of the 240,000 tickets to Obamas inauguration in Washington had been issued, but on line brokers are already asking $1,000 to $10,000 per seat. - LA Times.

The number of vacant houses in the US has hit 18.6 million. Almost 3% of all mortgages are at least three months in arrears, double the rate of year ago. LA Times.

Due to the hard times and people cutting back, Starbucks reported that its profits fell 97% in the latest quarter, to $5.4 Million. New York Times.

The Albuquerque Police department has been running classified ads in newspapers looking for informants. They are looking for people that "hang out with crooks" and will pay $50 for drug crime information and $700 for murder information.

A man in Topeka Kansas, who in 10 days won two cars in two separate contests also won tickets to a Chiefs game in a third contest.

A Wisconsin man was arrested for beating up a fellow bar patron who he believed was intentionally butchering a karakoe version of Dio's "Holy Diver".

The Federal Government has spent billions of dollars since 1992 to buy a fleet of 112,000 alt-fuel vehicles, but since there are so few suppliers of the fuels (ethanol for example) the "green" cars are powered by gasoline 92% of the time. Washington Post

Sarah Palin has been offered to write more than one dozen books, and has 800+ requests for interviews and appearances. 20 Foreign countries want to see her too..with all expenses paid. Associated Press

In 2006, the last year the figures were available, there were 515 arrests and 466 convictions among employees of the US Postal Service.

Americans say they'll spend an average of $716 on holiday gifts this year, the least since 1989 and a 40% drop from 2005.

49% of Americans say the US should not close the prison camp at Guantanamo....only 32% say it should be closed. Rasmussen.

Barack Obama has named 14 of the 24 cabinet and top staff members in his administration. At this point in their transitions, Bill Clinton had only one, while Reagan and Carter only had two. - New York Times.

Over 6200 Mexicans have died in drug related violence since early 2007, when Mexican president Felipe Calderon declared war on drug traffickers. That is more than the number of US casualties in Iraq. LA Times.

With millions of people expected for Obama's Inauguration on January 20th, the DC city council has passed legislation that will allow restaurants, bars and nightclubs to serve alcohol until 5am between January 17th and January 21st. - Washington Post.



At Friday, December 26, 2008 7:33:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

sad about the kids awaiting adoption.

At Saturday, December 27, 2008 7:53:00 AM , Blogger Jenny G said...

HAHA Holy Diver-induced violence.


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